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Pisgah Xtra Pale Ale - Pisgah Brewing Co.

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Pisgah Xtra Pale AlePisgah Xtra Pale Ale

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26 Ratings
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Ratings: 26
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 9.6%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pisgah Brewing Co. visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  ABV ?

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 09-05-2008)
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

craft_shannie, Jul 15, 2014
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wilhoitc12, Jul 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Ljoreilly, Jul 06, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

buckyp, May 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

king75, Apr 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

pintofparadise, Mar 03, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

kell50, Aug 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

mrfrancis, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of Axnjxn
3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

on tap at beerstudy in chapel hill.

pours a pale copper color with a nice white head.

good amount of citrus and hops on the nose. surprisingly strong smell for a pale.

good citrusy hoppy punch is how this one tastes. very flavorful and drinkable. impressive pale.

medium bodied with medium carbonation.

overall my first pisgah beer and though not my favorite style by any means, very good. ill have to get more from these guys.

Axnjxn, Jul 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

KevinGordon, Jul 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

metter98, May 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

smithj4, May 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

baybum, Mar 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

PthPndr, May 05, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

acurtis, Apr 28, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

carrollmel7, Mar 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

tclapper, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of thagr81us
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a Pisgah shaker while shopping around at Appalachian Vintner in Asheville today. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger pure white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and subtle citrus hops. The flavor was of sweet malt and light hop. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew for it's style. Had a pretty nice mouthfeel to it, which makes me want to drink it all day long. It had a pretty good flavor and a really nice aroma for a Pale Ale. A must try whether you like the style or not!

thagr81us, Dec 04, 2010
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3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into a nonic. Thanks mikesgroove!

Pours a cloudy, golden orange color with a whitish finger thick head that fades to a film and a few random small bubbles with minimal lacing. Aroma is fairly one dimensional, yet strong and appropriate for the style focusing on biscuit and caramel malt with slightly sweet, citrusy hops. Flavor follows the aroma, but just a touch sweeter, not overly bitter, but definitely tasting lots of citrus hops balanced by the strong grain and malt body. Mouthfeel is slightly resiny with light carbonation producing a medium body. Overall a very pleasant, sweeter than expected APA.

yourefragile, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of Deuane
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Bright orange tinted copper with a thin off-white head that reduced to a thin film and left spotty lace.

S-Biscuit malt and a touch of sweet caramel. Subtle notes of spicy citrus and earthy mustiness.

T-Toasted biscuit and a touch of sweet caramel malt. Light citrus and herbal hops support nicely. Light, astringent finish with the hint of tobacco? Or maybe something else one smokes?

M-Medium-light body fairly smooth and a light lingering bitterness.

D-Solid and sessionable. Nice flavours in a pleasant, easy to drink brew. Nothing outrageous here but nothing negative either.

Deuane, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler shared with Deuane, Ffejherb, SierraGS and brewslut.

A: The pale ale pours with a vigourous 3+ finger white head. The ale is amber with a focus more on the orange side of amber.

S: The aroma is citrusy, thick with some orange rind and grapefruit. Call me crazy but there is a bit of smoke in here, livening up the proceedings.

T: The ale starts off with a donkey punch of hops, focused and citrusy. An added twist of tobacco and grassy hops adds more than the nose let on. The smokiness continues here, light and smooth but strong enough to be evident. Caramel malts support the hops and the smokiness.

M: The hops are strong but not mouth-numbing. The interplay of the hop resins and smoke is interesting.

D: I had several glasses and enjoyed the ale immensely.

akorsak, Sep 24, 2008
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3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Via growler pour on 9/23/08. Thanks for Deuane for sharing.

A - Clear amber/orange body with one-finger off-white head that settled into a patchy film and left spotty lace. Moderate amount of carbonation.

S - Nose is primarily malty with an abundance of fresh bread, grains and sweet caramel. Pretty scant amount of hops for a brew with the moniker "Xtra Pale," but I do pick up on some citrusy and earthy hops in the back.

T - Starts off with toasted grains and a slightly burnt caramel malt aspect, then segues into a bit of citrus and grassy hops with a bready malt finish. More toasted grains emerge in the backend, with an earthy flavor reminiscent of mild tobacco leaves.

M - Medium body with syrupy texture and medium carbonation. Minimal bitterness on the palate.

D - Pretty good, drinkable pale ale, although I detected no more hops than your standard pale ale. Nice and sessionable.

ffejherb, Sep 24, 2008
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2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5


hard to say if its the growler fill or the beer, but there definitely was some green apple acetyl action going on...

Overall, definitely a drinkable brew, but razor thin in body and didn't quite stand up to the hop finish. The hops were muted, kind of duct taped around the mouth and wanting to shout.

I felt this brew yearned to be something greater, but for some reason lost a little bit in translation.

I will keep an open mind going forward.

Sixpoint, Sep 22, 2008
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4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a few growlers of this last night. Seems this is most likely a limited brew from the boys at Pisgah.
Pours a little lighter and clearer than the Pisgah Pale. Lighter more floral citrus notes in the smell, followed by light grains and fresh hops. Hop smell here lighter than in the Pisgah Pale.
Flavors amazingly balanced for the style. Hops flavors not quite as complex as the original. Definitely different hops being used(or not used). Mouthfeel is lighter, good carbonation. Great session brew, maybe even more so than the original, especially in the warmth of summer.

jraycee, Sep 12, 2008
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Pisgah Xtra Pale Ale from Pisgah Brewing Co.
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